Over half of the Schools' students from all Years at St Hilda's learn to play an instrument or take voice lessons every week from one of our 42 peripatetic music staff. Lessons are available before, during and after School on a rotation basis. All classical, jazz and rock instruments are offered and voice students may choose to pursue classical, jazz or contemporary styles of singing.
Music groups include the Symphony Orchestra, String Orchestra, Concert Band, Saintly Jazz (swing band), Jazz Combo, Soul Band, several Rock Bands and various Classical Chamber Ensembles, Flute Ensemble, Saxophone Quartets, Clarinet Ensembles, Percussion Ensemble and Classical Guitar Ensemble.
Vocal groups include the Year 7 Choir (part of the curriculum), Whitby Chorale (Years 7 and 8), St Hilda's Chorale (Years 9 to 12) and Barbershop (Years 11 and 12).
There are no auditions for this cocurricular program, except for Barbershop.
Year 7 has 2 periods of music per week, one of which is a choral session. There are large numbers of students who opt for music in Years 8 to 12.
There are countless performance opportunities throughout the year for all musicians within the School and for the wider community. The major events are the Inter House Arts Festival; Combined Concert with Christ Church Grammar School; Choral Evensongs in the chapel as well as in St George's Cathedral; Strings Concert; annual School Musical; Jazz Night; An Evening of Song (choirs and vocal soloists); Concerto Concert; Years 7 to 9 Showcase; Ensembles Concert; Band Fest (rock bands); An Evening of Song and Dance; St Hilda's Music Festival (for students in all Years and at any level in 10 different categories); and Speech Day musical items.
Many of these performances occur in the brand new and spectacular Performing Arts Centre, which seats 900.
The students of the peripatetic music staff perform in casual recitals after school in a relaxed atmosphere.
An eagerly awaited and popular annual Music Camp for Years 8 to 12 takes place in Margaret River every April with numerous performances in local wineries, restaurants and breweries.
Other community engagements include ad hoc Government House invitations, local festivals, local Council occasions, Care Homes and weddings along with many other private and corporate opportunities.
Click here for the 2019 Music Handbook.
Click here for the 2019 Music Cocurricular Timetable.
Click here for the Instrument Hire Form.
Click here for the Music Tuition Form.
Click here for the Music Theory Classes Form.